EXCLUSIVE: The untitled John Mulaney/Lorne Michaels multi-camera comedy pilot, which missed the cut at NBC last month, has found a new life at Fox. I’ve learned that Fox has ordered a script, described as a quick pass at the script by Mulaney that got a pilot order at NBC. If the network likes the new version, the project will receive a six-episode series order. I hear Fox brass are big fans of Mulaney and were interested in the project with some script and potential cast adjustments. I hear star Mulaney and co-star Martin Short and set to continue, with the future of the other cast members unclear. The cast of project, a young ensemble comedy based loosely on Mulaney’s life, includes Saturday Night Live‘s Mulaney and Nasim Pedrad as well as comedy veterans Short and Elliot Gould.
The pilot, from Universal TV and 3 Arts, was in contention for a series order at NBC but ultimately got a pass. Universal TV is becoming a major comedy series supplier for Fox. The network already has two half-hour series from the NBC-affiliated studio on the fall schedule, returning comedy The Mindy Project, which was also originally developed for NBC, and another vehicle toplined by an SNL alum, the Andy Samberg starrer Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which Fox landed in a bidding war last summer. Mulaney wrote the script and is executive producing the project with Andy Ackerman, who directed the NBC pilot and is staying on as director, Michaels, Andrew Singer, Dave Becky and David Miner.